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#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 29 – Oak tree of life

I stopped today to admire the grandeur of an old oak tree, yet it was the little tiny lives being lived on the bark that got my full attention.

The whole trunk was alive, from the ants heaving their heavy prey to their nest, to the ladybird larvae wandering cross the cracks in the bark and the weavil who eyed me with care as I took its portrait. It was a marvel!

I was only with the tree 10 minutes but I was blown away by the diversity of life that was supported by the bark of the tree trunk. So much more life in the branches and leaves above that I can only imagine!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Watching the Worcester Peregrines

Whenever I take a trip back to Worcester, I always try to find time to visit the Cathedral and St. Andrews Spire. I’m not always lucky, but in the past I have had many wonderful views of the peregrines that have made these buildings their home.

I have seen many different birds in many different locations, but nothing quite matches a sight of a Peregrine for me and I am always as excited with a spot as I was the first time I saw one. Such incredible animals.

Today was no exception, when I arrived at the Cathedral I spotted an adult on the tower. It was clearly preening time as I watched it have a good skritch!

I walked around to the other side of the tower, but I couldn’t see another bird. I turned to walk to St. Andrew’s Spire when the piercing call of a Peregrine filled the air. I whipped around to see the willowy flight of the powerful predator disappear behind nearby buildings. The bird was still calling so I remained, and the Peregrine returned, alighting upon the top of the tower before swooping down out of sight again. It might have been brief, but it was long enough for me to see it was a youngster.

I began the short walk to the spire, and as soon as the tower came into view I could see another Peregrine. I had no doubt it was an adult. Sure enough, when I reached the spire I could see I was right in my assertion. I was also able to see that there was a chick on the lower castellations. The closer I got, the clearer I could see both birds. I stayed for quite a while watching, photographing and admiring these impressive birds-of-prey. It was time very well spent!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – Herons and Hares

Driving along a single track country lane that clearly had seen very little or no traffic, I saw a sight that lead me to ask the driver to stop. It was a field full of Herons! 5 of them, stood right in the middle, it looked to be 2 parents and 3 young. There were 3 Hares just a few meters away from the towering birds!

As I lifted my camera, the Heron family took flight. They gracefully flew over the hedgerow and into the next field, still a great view even if the birds were another 100 yards away from me.

My photos aren’t great, but they are still a record of a spectacular sight!

 

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Bountiful Bees

Today for me has been all about bees!

My bee socks and earrings. The Honeybee I plucked from the torment of my bedroom window and returned to the freedom of outdoors. The Red Mason Bees sunning themselves on the bricks of my house. It has given me a real feeling of spring!

It’s not the buzz of beautiful queen bumblebees that gets me excited. It is the tiny, unnoticed delightful solitary bees that fill me with glee!

I have already reached for my camera to photograph the bees this spring. Here are some of my highlights …

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Butterflies of last summer

I stepped out today into spring’s sun and headed straight to my local patch.

Enjoying the peace of the outdoors and revelling in all the newly emerged wildlife, I was able to contemplate the approaching sunny seasons. The flowers, birds and bugs. Just like every year, I am going to enjoy this summer!

I was lucky enough to grab a photo of a female Orange Tip. A species that has alluded me in the past. It was then I remembered I had so many photos of butterflies from last year, none of which I had shared. So here, in celebration of last summer and in anticipation of the summer to come, are some photos of butterflies I took in 2018.

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My photograph of the month for February and March

I was a bit slow off the starting blocks doing my photo for February, so I decided to combine is with March’s blog!

I have had a few dry few months on the photography side of things recently. But the sun and blue skies have been very exciting and thoroughly enjoyable for both wildlife and photography!

February

Heading out one glorious day, I visited a favourite local woodland. On the edge of the car park, someone had put out bird food.

There were quite a few different species enjoying the food, but it was the way the light caught this brightly coloured Great Tit that caught my eye. I snapped a photo before the bird flew off, and I have chosen it for my photo for the month.

February

March

Stepping into m friend’s garden, I was well impressed to see so many species of bee in small space! This little Red Mason Bee is the one that caught my eye. I love how fuzzy they are!

March

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My photograph of the month for January

My first photograph of the month for 2019 is of this lovely House Sparrow.

I had the chance to experiment with the lighting as I took this photo, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I hope I get the chance to try this out again!IMG_9611PScc

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My photograph for October, November and December

The last part of the year I haven’t done my photo of the month, but as it is New Year’s Eve I thought I would play catch up and start 2019 with a clean slate.

October

Cycling home one night along a pitch black country lane, I was amazed to find a tiny green caterpillar making the grand epic journey of crossing the road. It was nearly at its journey end, so I watched its final steps on the grey tarmac before it reached the green grass of the verge. I used my bike lights to help me take this photo and brighten the path of the caterpillar.

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November

I took a wander round my local patch on one of the very few days I had off when the weather was good. The sun was out and gave a tiny amount of warmth to the winter’s air. That’s when I spotted this beauty. I was thrilled to get a snap of this lovely bright wasp.

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December

Bit of urban wildlife for this month. A gathering of feral pigeons grabbed my attention. Putting the camera down at their level I was able to get this photo of the hungry birds.

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As this is my last post for 2018 I will wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and the very best for 2019.

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My photograph for September

A sleepy September Sunday afternoon was spent getting supplies from the supermarket. Rather than wait in a queue of traffic , I spent a while watching the gulls scavenging in the car park. These two lesser black-backed gulls caught my eye having a squabble over a high perch atop a lamb post.

Lesser black-backed gulls

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